William Henry Hunt, an English water-color painter, born in London in 1790, died Feb'. 10, 1864. He became a member of the old society of painters in water colors in 1824, and from that time regularly contributed to their annual exhibitions. As a colorist he ranked among the first painters of the day.
William Henry Milburn, an American clergyman, born in Philadelphia, Sept. 26, 1823. In early childhood he lost the sight of one eye wholly and of the other partially, and in later life consulted the most eminent oculists in Europe and America, but without avail. At the age of 20 he became a Methodist Episcopal clergyman, and during several years of itineracy travelled more than 200,000 miles in the United States. In 1856 he was chaplain of the house of representatives at Washington. In 1859 he visited England in company with Bishop Simpson and the Rev. Dr. McCllntock, and delivered lectures in the principal cities. Subsequently he was ordained in the Protestant Episcopal church, but in 1872 he returned to Methodism. He has published " Rifle, Axe, and Saddle Bags "(18.57;; " Ten Years of Preacher Life ' (1859); and " Pioneers, Preachers, and leople of the Mississippi Valley" (1860).
William Herapath, an English chemist, born in Bristol, May 26, 1796, died there, Feb. 6, 1868. His father was a brewer, and William succeeded to the business. From the study of chemistry in its application to brewing he turned his attention to that of the science in general. His first paper, " On the Specific Gravity of the Metallic Oxides," was published in the "Philosophical Magazine." He was one of the founders of the London chemical society, and was elected in 1828 professor of chemistry in the Bristol medical school. He retired from the business of brewing in 1830, and in connection with his professorship was employed in making chemical analyses. He was eminent in toxicology.
William Herbert, third earl of Pembroke, an English poet, born at Wilton, Wiltshire, April 8, 1580, died in London, April 10, 1630. He was chancellor of the university of Oxford, a knight of the garter, for some time governor of Portsmouth and lord chamberlain of the royal household, a contributor to the Bodleian library of valuable Greek MSS., and gave his name to Pembroke college, Oxford. He wrote poems of little merit, and some of a licentious character, but great interest is attached to his name on account of the supposition that he was the W. H. of Shakespeare's sonnets. Hal-lam, in his "Literature of Europe," favors this belief. Herbert, whose character is drawn by Clarendon in his "History of the Rebellion," was learned, noble, gallant, and licentious.
William Hilton, an English painter, born in Lincoln, June 3, 1786, died Dec. 30,1839. He studied at the royal academy, and early devoted himself to historical painting, in which he displayed a complete mastery of the human figure, and singularly graceful composition. In his choice of subjects, many of which are from classic mythology, he evinced true poetic feeling. One of his best works is "Una and the Lion entering the Cave of Corceca." He was a royal academician, and succeeded Fuseli as keeper of the academy.